American Airlines cuts 3 cities from service, blaming pilot shortages

American Airlines is closing three other flight routes this spring due to low demand and an ongoing shortage of pilots.

The airline informed FOX Business of the decision in a statement sent on Saturday.

“In response to regional pilot shortages affecting the airline industry and weak demand, American Airlines has made the difficult decision to end service to Columbus, Georgia (CSG), Del Rio, Texas (DRT ) and Long Beach, Calif. (LGB) this spring,” American Airlines wrote.

Only eight American Airlines-affiliated planes depart daily from Columbus, Del Rio and Long Beach.

American Airlines operates more than 5,000 flights worldwide each day.

All three cities are currently served by regional partners of American Airlines.

American Airlines, which operates more than 5,000 flights worldwide, is closing three other air routes.
American Airlines, which operates more than 5,000 flights worldwide, is closing three other air routes.
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“We are extremely grateful for the care and service our team members have provided to our clients in these cities, and we are working closely with them during this time. We will proactively contact customers who need to travel to offer alternative arrangements,” the airline told FOX Business.

American Airlines has removed 19 cities from its routes since the start of the pandemic. Other airlines have seen similar service cuts due to continued pilot shortages, as well as rising and falling demand.

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